Last week we talked about figuring out what your assignment is. You can read that post here. Today I am going to share three ways you can be intentional with your assignment.
- Your schedule should reflect your assignment.
Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes. Eph. 5:16 TPT
Once you know your assignment, you can begin to make intentional plans around it. We are responsible to obey God and steward what He has asked us to do. Because I know that creating “home” is part of my assignment, then I need make my schedule reflect that. It really is not complicated. It just takes effort to build my schedule and stick to it. I have attached an example of what our week typically looks like so that you can get an idea.
Week Chart Martins Don’t judge my lack of morning person-ness. I like my sleep!
Week Chart Here is a blank one if you want to make one for yourself. Even if you just want to build your meal plan in it, enjoy! 😉
2. Stay focused on your assignment.
Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions. Prov. 4:25 TPT
We stick our faces in our phones and spend hours watching other people live their lives. Do you know how many days I have spent not accomplishing any of my assignments because I got to the end of a whole day having spent it on my phone? Truthfully, it’s bad stewardship. We have to stay focused on our assignment.
Have you ever seen a race horse wearing blinders? They wear them so that they focus on their lane and not get distracted. Secretariat, the famous race horse, never raced without blinders on. There are plenty of distractions tempting me to get me out of my lane. I need to set my gaze on my assignment and not apologize for being focused on the things God is wanting me to pursue.
3. Celebrate Other People’s Assignments
But God has carefully designed each member and placed it in the body to function as he desires. A diversity is required, for if the body consisted of one single part, there wouldn’t be a body at all! 1 Corin. 12:18-19 TPT
“What are they doing? Why are they doing it that way? If it were up to me, I’d do it like this.” We spend a lot of time looking at everyone else and comparing assignments. Nothing will thwart your ability to complete your assignment like a critical spirit.
I heard a pastor’s wife say recently that being a mama didn’t come naturally for her. It has taken her work to enjoy mom-ing. She adores her kids but is passionate about preaching, leading and owns her own business. Her sister has 6 kids and mom-ing is what she was born to do. In fact, their family bought a 15-passenger van because she usually has her children plus their friends and didn’t want their vehicle to limit how many kids she could love on. Wow! The pastor’s wife said something along the lines of, “Who am I to tell my sister how many kids she is allowed to have when that’s what she loves and is called to do? I should celebrate the fact that God has given her the gifts to do it.” Ouch. So, you mean that I can’t judge other people for what they’re assignment is? Nope. Likewise, the sister who loves to be around kiddos has to protect herself from projecting her assignment onto her business savvy sister.
My daughter likes to play the “Would You Rather” game with me. Her favorite thing to ask me is, “Would you rather have no arms or no legs?” I can never pick one and it drives her crazy! God gave me arms to hold my babies with and legs to chase them around with. I want both! Arms and legs look different and serve different functions but both are part of me. The body of Christ is the same way. We are made up of many parts and each part has a unique function. I celebrate what He has assigned you to do and I champion who you are in Him.
The most beautiful part of you operating in YOUR assignment is that we all get to benefit. I win when you are in your sweet spot! You win when I am in mine. I don’t have to be every answer for every problem when I know to what and where God’s called me.
We live in a world desperate for the Sons and Daughters of God to operate in their God-given assignments. There isn’t time to waste. I am getting to a place where I refuse to apologize for who I am or what my assignment is. I am on a journey with Jesus and my goal is Him. Let’s go after Him together.
I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. Phil 3:12-14 TPT